Former NBR chairman: Alhaj Md Ghulam Hussain

Chairman's Profile
(29/10/2012 to 08/01/2015)

Md Ghulam Hussain, National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman

Md. Ghulam Hussain assumed the charge of Chairman, National Board of Revenue (NBR) on 29 October 2012. Prior to this position, he served as the Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce.

Hussain did his Masters in Social Science from the University of Dhaka. Thereafter, he joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in 1983 (BCS 1982 regular batch) as Assistant Commissioner (Customs & Excise). In the service, he has undergone various important training programs both in-home and abroad.


A pro-people professional bureaucrat, Md. Ghulam Hussain has extensive and diverse experience serving various public sector areas. Importantly, he was a consultant (2006-2008) in the Export Diversification Project of the International Trade Centre (ITC, Geneva), founder CEO (Coordinator) of the Business Promotion Council formed under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce (2003-2006). He also served as the Commercial Counselor in Bangladesh Embassy, Washington D.C (USA 1998-2003), Director, Prime Ministers Office (1996-1998). He served the Customs, Excise, and VAT department in different capacities during 1983-1996.

During his long service career, he was engaged in different special assignments like member-secretary of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Mutiny Probe Committee constituted by the government, Chairperson of the Jail Irregularities Inquiry Committee, and Chairperson of the Probe Committee to investigate the untoward incidents that happened to capture the office of Water Transport Coordination Cell Office (WTCC) in Chittagong. The government also assigned him to chair the session on “Trade Facilitation-Cross Border Trade” a seminar organized by ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand (2005). He got the opportunity to attend the trade negotiation round at WTO Ministerial Conference and led the trade mission to Russia, Germany, Belarus, Thailand, Vietnam, and China.

During the 64 UNESCAP Conference, Mr. Hussain worked as the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole (CoW), and as Chair, he moderated all the six days of important sessions during the Conference. Besides, he worked as one of the resource persons of UNESCAP on trade-related aspects. He has extensive experience in trade negotiations and led Bangladesh on several occasions on these accounts. Recently he led a Bangladesh team to WTO, Geneva to present the Trade Policy Review Country Report.

He continues to be active in research and academic work. Research encompasses the publications regarding “Compliance in RMG Industry: Government Perspective” which is published in ILO journal in July 2007. Other prominent research and academic works are “Post-MFA Issues and Challenges: Social Dimension,” Post MFA Regime and Decent Work: The Bangladesh Perspective by ILO,“Challenges and Opportunities of Quota Cessation”, “Automation of Customs Clearance Procedures”, An Analytical Review on the “Non-Formal Rural Credit Studies in Bangladesh”, “Leather & Leather Goods-An Emerging Sector” “Gender Inequality in the Bangladesh RMG Sector” “Public-Private Partnership: Bangladesh Experience” and many more.

He writes and speaks on trade and commerce, finance and revenue matters, micro-credit and cross-disciplinary policy priorities, etc.

Md. Ghulam Hussain is married and blessed with one daughter and two sons. His spouse Professor Zakia Mansoor Hussain is a college teacher in Economics.

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